Learn about and find resources for creating accessible web content on agency platforms
Inclusion is one of our agency Strategic Plan Goals and includes both internal and external customers.
In Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act , state agencies that receive federal funds are to provide accessible websites and is reinforced by Policy 188 of the Office of Chief Information Officer for the State of Washington.
Your role in accessibility
As a government agency, we serve all citizens in our state. More than 20 percent of adults in Washington have some type of disability, and many more have some ties to someone living with one. Whether it's permanent, such as color blindness, or temporary, such as a broken arm in a sling, it's important that our website is easy to adjust for those who need to customize their experience.
Examples of accessibility difficulties web users may come across
The Web Accessibility Initiative put together Stories of Web Users and Web Accessibility Perspectives videos showcasing some of the difficulties web users may come across. Anyone should be able to access an item on our site, regardless of the main audience of the content.
Creating accessible images and graphics
We work hard to create informative and interesting content to share with the public. However, a reliance on static images or content not customizable can take away from a visitor's experience. It's important to ensure that content like presentations, posters and graphics are not just placed onto our website without planning on making this accessible. Visuals should always have a purpose to add to the story on the page and never used to "break up text."
Only high quality images or graphics should be put onto our Flickr site. If a presentation needs to be on the site, do not save it as a PDF and upload it to the site. Instead, use the already great headings and info to tell the story on a webpage.
Learn how to make accessible documents
The easiest way to make information accessible is to keep it simple. Web pages are easier for tools that change color contrast, size or read material aloud than if the information is stuck in graphic or PDF form.
If you are asked to provide information in a more accessible format, the following tools and instructions are available to help you. You may also contact our Web Help Team for assistance on providing it in a HTML format.
Make your Word documents accessible
Microsoft's step-by-step instructions and videos on how to make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities.
Make your PowerPoint presentations accessible
Microsoft's step-by-step instructions and videos on how to make your PowerPoint presentations accessible to people with disabilities.
Make your PDFs accessible
- Adobe's step-by-step guidance on how to make and check that a PDF is accessible.
- Creating accessible pdf's from Section508.gov
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